New gambling options come online Monday — slots, blackjack and more

Gary Rotstein | Monday, July 15, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The latest newly legalized gambling opportunity in Pennsylvania reaches the public Monday, with two casinos scheduled to launch online sites that allow play of slots, blackjack and other games just like in their actual settings.

The Parx Casino, based in Bucks County, and Hollywood Casino, located in Dauphin County, will be the first to undertake multiple days of testing of their new online casino games, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board spokesman Doug Harbach said. He said Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino, which is a sister property of the Rivers Casino, will introduce its site Wednesday and Thursday, also under gaming board supervision.

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Legalized gambling is close. So is a big decision for NCAA schools.

Craig Meyer and Stephen J. Nesbit | Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tom McMillen, a 6-foot-11 former Rhodes Scholar, NBA player and U.S. congressman, saw this day coming. In 1992, the same year McMillen voted to pass the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which effectively outlawed sports betting for most of the country, he also authored a book, titled “Out of Bounds,” and included in it a prescient prediction:

“I wonder how long the sports establishment resists the temptation of gambling revenues,” he wrote. “Within the next decade or two, when the sports juggernaut needs new revenues, the sports leagues may well switch sides, banding with the states to push for sports gambling.”

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